2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Consumer Review: Initial Impressions

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By MJS on


2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/3rd Row (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


~200 miles so far. Comfortable but chassis is geared for grandma. I prefer more responsive steering and suspension feedback but hey, this is a Toyota. I bought this for the MPG only and the need for a SUV. Otherwise not too exciting. Ride is quiet but steering is a bit loose at highway speeds. Too much assist and its not the speed sensitive type. Center console lacks imagination. No coin slot for individual coins amongst others. I can fit a rear facing carseat behind the passenger seat and someone can still ride in the front. Too bad you can't put the child seat in the center and have two 2nd row passengers (seat belt interferes) So far about 24mpg... lots of breaking in left

Best Features

MPG, drivers seat thigh extension, secondary LCD screen, EV mode, captains chairs in 2nd row, full size spare, 2nd/3rd row HVAC vents in ceiling, reliability (I hope), power rear hatch, push button start

Worst Features

Fully functional navi, driver's memory seats, 8-way pass power seat, tow hitch std, tire pressure location indicator, true iPod connection & charge, Rear DVD to play thru vehicle speakers, more cargo storage bins like 09 Pilot, side window shades, larger sunroof, raise EV speed to 40, split 3rd row
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